Greetings, All! I'm hoping that the fact you are reading this post means that you have electricity and internet service, both good things in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I'm very happy to have my power back and to be blogging again. This card will forever be remembered by me as my Hurricane Sandy Card, because I was working on it when the power went out. I scrambled to get my house in order, the details of which I won't bore you with, then came back to it later that night by candlelight. That was working out OK until I moved the candle and spilled hot candle wax on my hand. Oddly, I was just happy that I didn't spill the wax on my card! I decided it might be a good idea to finish it the next morning when the sun was up. By the way, if you are interested in seeing some photos of the hurricane's effect in my area, make sure you scroll down to the end of this post.
The lovely monochromatic color combination is compliments of Dynamic Duos. When I saw these colors I immediately thought of yellow roses, my favorite kind, and knew which stamp set I would use.
The sketch is from Nance at The Paper Players. This layout was perfect for my card, and the spray of roses takes the place of "Any Shape".
The roses were stamped with Black Stazon Ink on Whisper White Card Stock, and colored with ink pads and a Blender Pen. They were "fussy cut" by hand.
Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Elements of Style
Card Stock: Whisper White, So Saffron, More Mustard
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, So Saffron, More Mustard, Crumb Cake
Tools: Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Now for some storm photos:
I'm located on the south shore of Long Island in New York, an area hit very badly by the hurricane. This photo was taken just a few blocks from my house, so you can imagine how grateful I am to have not suffered any damage.
About a mile south of me is a marina, which had hundreds of boats stored away for the winter on blocks. As the ocean waters rose and covered land, all these boats floated off and onto roadways and peoples homes. The streets are littered with boats.
Many of them landed in front of (and into) homes.
This unfortunate family wound up with not only a houseboat in their front lawn...
... but another boat besides.
Another houseboat gone astray.
The side deck of a local restaurant.
Click on this photo to make it larger and you'll see that there are seven or more boats piled up on land on the other side of this canal. What a mess. I can't even imagine how long the clean up is going to take.
What you can't see in these photos is the devastation that was caused inside peoples homes as a result of the flood waters. My heart goes out to each and every one of them and I am very grateful. I'll be putting some displaced people up in my home this week, including a kitty. I hope Oreo will be hospitable!
Until next time, I hope you are all well and safe!